ABOUT THE MATCH
After facing a defeat in their last match, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will be desperate for a win when they take on the Barbados Tridents in their final league game of the season. This 25th fixture of the Caribbean Premier League 2019 will be played on September 28 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
This is going to be a crucial game for both the teams. Barbados Tridents are third from the bottom of the points table and a loss here would make it more difficult for them to finish in the top four.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will be playing their last match of the league stage and a loss for them would mean that their fate in the tournament will depend on the results of a few other teams. While the Tridents hammered Trinbago Knight Riders by 63 runs in their last match, the Patriots are coming off a 20-run loss against St Lucia Zouks.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Rain and thunderstorms have been forecast for Saturday morning. However, they should relent after 1 PM with the chances of rain dropping severely by the time the game begins. So we could have a full forty-over game without any interruptions. Temperature is likely to be around 27 degrees Celsius and humidity around 82%.
In the previous two matches played at the Kensington Oval, the pitch was seen to get a little slower during the second period of play. Barbados Tridents chose to bat first here last time and racked up a huge total of 192 while Trinbago Knight Riders were bowled out for just 129 batting second.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Barbados Tridents
Johnson Charles (wk), Jonathan Carter, Jean-Paul Duminy, Shakib Al Hasan, Ashley Nurse, Jason Holder (c), Raymon Reifer, Justin Greaves, Roshon Primus, Hayden Walsh, Harry Gurney
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Devon Thomas (wk), Evin Lewis, Laurie Evans, Mohammad Hafeez, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Shamarh Brooks, Keron Cottoy, Rayad Emrit, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis/ Sheldon Cottrell
- Barbados Tridents picked USA leg-spinner Hayden Walsh in their line-up for the last match against Trinbago Knight Riders as a replacement for Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane who has returned to his national team that is currently on tour of Singapore for a T20I tri-series.
- Shakib Al Hasan has linked up with the Tridents and his inclusion will bolster the team’s batting and bowling departments.
- The Bangladeshi all-rounder is likely to be slotted into the playing eleven straight away. England batsman Alex Hales, who has not been able to get going this season, could make room for Shakib.
- Barbados Tridents have won three and lost four out of the seven matches they have played so far in this year’s Caribbean Premier League and are currently positioned fourth on the leaderboard with six points in their account.
- They have struggled to perform consistently this season and are coming into this match having won two and lost as many of their last four fixtures.
- The Tridents were brilliant with the bat last time out, posting 192 on the board, and were equally impressed with the ball, cleaning up Trinbago Knight Riders for 129.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
- St Kitts and Nevis Patriots made just the one change to their side in the last match against St Lucia Zouks – they replaced Sheldon Cottrell with Jeremiah Louis who opened the bowling in the powerplay.
- Cottrell could be brought back for the Saturday’s clash against Barbados Tridents after Jeremiah’s lacklustre performance with the ball.
- Devon Thomas and Evin Lewis will continue to open the batting for the Patriots while Laurie Evans and Mohammad Hafeez are likely to continue at numbers three and four respectively.
- St Kitts and Nevis Patriots currently find themselves third in the CPL 2019 points table with four wins and five losses from nine matches and with eight points in the bag.
- The Patriots made a very poor start to their campaign, losing four of their first five encounters before bouncing back in the latter half of the tournament.
- They now have three wins in their last four matches with two of those wins having been secured at their home ground.
- The Patriots, however, were a bit under-par with the bat last time against St Lucia Zouks at Gros Islet where they suffered a 20-run loss.
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
Although both the teams have a few quality players in their line-ups, but we are backing the hosts to prevail in this mid-table clash.
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